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Ceramic Grades Aid High-Speed Turning of Demanding HRSA Materials

Sandvik Coromant has introduced two new ceramic insert grades designed to perform high-speed, high-security turning operations on components made from demanding heat-resistant superalloy (HRSA) materials. The CC6220 and CC6230 ceramic grades are developed to machine demanding materials where whisker ceramics and SiAlONs fall short. "Their ability to handle higher cutting speeds contributes to reduced cost per component, while inherent machining security ensures that quality is not compromised. This helps manufacturers produce high-quality parts time after time," said a company spokesperson.

There is growing demand for aerospace engine parts that can withstand extreme temperatures beyond the capability of those made from Inconel and other high-performance superalloys. Although these powder metallurgic materials can be tailored to handle substantially higher temperatures, they are more difficult to machine than common HRSAs.

"CC6220 and CC6230 excel when turning demanding materials in intermediate stage machining," said Rolf Olofsson, Product Manager for turning at Sandvik Coromant. "They take productivity to a new level in comparison to whisker ceramics and SiAlONs, in terms of both cutting speeds and feeds. Moreover, repeatable quality is assured."

One of the most common applications to benefit is expected to be turbine disc turning. In a customer example that involved machining a low-pressure turbine (LPT) disc made from Rene material (42-45 HRC) as part of the intermediate stage machining process, a CC6220 RPGX insert was deployed to perform pocketing, while CC6230 RPGX inserts were deployed for rough-turning operation at cutting speeds as high as 400 m/min (1,380 SFM). The process achieved a metal removal rate (MRR) of 80 cubic cm/min (5 cubic in /min).

Similar success was achieved for a subsequent semi-finishing operation at a lower cutting speed and long time in cut. All of the specified quality requirements were attained on a repeatable basis, due to the process security provided by the new grade.

Aside from the aerospace industry, other sectors expected to benefit from CC6220 and CC6230 include power generation (turbine components in Inconel and Hastelloy), and oil and gas (parts cladded with Stellite 6, for example).

For more information contact:

Sandvik Coromant

1702 Nevins Road

P.O. Box 428

Fair Lawn, NJ 07410-0428

800-SANDVIK / 201-794-5000

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